Subsistence and coffee farmers are at the core of agricultural production in Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. The livelihood of the rural population is directly dependent on a functioning ecosystem. But the inability to guarantee the cornerstones of agriculture such as water supply, soil conservation and pest control poses a direct threat to farmers' crop yields and therefore to food security.
Climate models for Central America predict extreme weather events, a significant rise in temperature and dry periods - a scenario that will have a negative impact on agricultural production in particular. Funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI), the CASCADE project (Central American Subsistence and Coffee Farmer Adaptation based on Ecosystems) helps subsistence and coffee farmers in the region adapt their working and living conditions to the consequences of climate change.
The project identifies ecosystem-based adaptation options and assesses the vulnerability of ecosystems in the light of predicted climate changes. It strengthens the relevant institutions and offers training for multipliers and populations affected. Project results are documented and disseminated through national and international policy and research forums.
The implementing organisation 'Conservation International' is to publish all background information on the CASCADE project on its website with immediate effect:
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A detailed brochure about project content and measures and a factsheet containing key data is available for download in English and Spanish.
Information about CASCADE is also available on the web via two further internet platforms dedicated to adaptation strategies and climate change: